Featured Product

    APRA, ASIC, and RBA Urge Financial Firms to Plan for LIBOR Transition

    May 09, 2019

    APRA published a letter by The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) regarding preparations for the transition from London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) to alternative benchmark rates. ASIC has written to the CEOs of several major Australian financial institutions regarding their preparations for the end of LIBOR. This initiative is strongly supported by APRA and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).

    LIBOR is used by many Australian financial institutions in their contracts and business processes. The UK FCA has stated that it will no longer use its powers to sustain LIBOR beyond 2021. This letter is aimed to help better understand how major Australian financial institutions are preparing to transition away from LIBOR to alternative benchmarks. ASIC, APRA, and the RBA are  seeking assurance that the senior management in these institutions fully appreciates the impact and risks and is taking appropriate action ahead of the end of 2021. The financial regulators expect all institutions that rely on LIBOR to consider the impact of LIBOR transition on their business. Users of LIBOR should be aware of the size and nature of their exposures to LIBOR; put in place robust fall-back provisions in contracts referencing LIBOR; and be taking action to transition to alternative rates.

    The letter states that the extent to which LIBOR may be embedded in a financial institution’s current business practices means the transition could be complex. The transition away from LIBOR may have significant implications on the entities’ risk management, operational processes and IT infrastructure. Insufficient preparations for the transition could have a negative impact on the entities’ business, clients, and the markets in which they operate.

     

    Related Links 

    Keywords: Asia Pacific, Australia, Banking, Securities, LIBOR, LIBOR Alternatives, OTC Derivatives, ASIC, RBA, APRA

    Related Articles
    News

    FED Adopts Proposal to Implement Reporting Form for SCCL

    FED adopted a proposal to implement the Single-Counterparty Credit Limits (SCCL) reporting form (FR 2590; OMB No. 7100-NEW).

    November 20, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    FED Proposes to Extend Initial Compliance Dates Under SCCL Rule

    FED published a proposal to extend, by 18 months, the initial compliance dates for foreign banks subject to the single-counterparty credit limit (SCCL) rule.

    November 20, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    CBIRC to Strengthen Supervisory and Policy Support for SME Services

    CBIRC released a notification on strengthening supervision and guidance to enhance the quality and efficiency of financial services for "small and micro-enterprises" (SMEs).

    November 20, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    APRA Publishes Approach to Regulating and Supervising GCRA Risks

    APRA published an information paper that sets out a more intensive regulatory approach to transform governance, culture, remuneration, and accountability (GCRA) practices across the prudentially regulated financial sector.

    November 19, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    US Agencies Update Rule on Derivative Contracts Exposure Calculation

    US Agencies (FDIC, FED, and OCC) announced a final rule updating the way certain banking organizations are required to measure counterparty credit risk for derivative contracts under their regulatory capital rules.

    November 19, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    US Agencies Finalize Rule to Amend Treatment of HVCRE Exposures

    US Agencies (FDIC, FED, and OCC) finalized a rule to modify the treatment of high volatility commercial real estate (HVCRE) exposures, as required by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection (EGRRCP) Act.

    November 19, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    US Agencies Finalize Changes to Rule on Supplementary Leverage Ratio

    US Agencies (FDIC, FED, and OCC) finalized changes to the capital requirement for banking organizations predominantly engaged in custodial activities, as required by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection (EGRRCP) Act.

    November 19, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    IAIS Consults on Guidance on Liquidity Risk Management for Insurers

    IAIS is seeking feedback on the draft application paper on liquidity risk management for insurers.

    November 19, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    IAIS Publishes Application Paper on Recovery Planning

    IAIS published the final application paper on recovery planning, along with the resolution of comments on the draft application paper.

    November 18, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    FSB Publishes Summary of November Meeting of RCG for MENA Region

    FSB published a summary of the November meeting of the Regional Consultative Group (RCG) for Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

    November 17, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
    RESULTS 1 - 10 OF 4174